Sept 12, 1990: Fleetwood Mac Lineup Changes

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Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks

It was a time of change for Fleetwood Mac. Lindsey Buckingham had left the band in 1987. He was replaced by two musicians who had already worked with the group’s members on various projects: singer, songwriter and guitarist Billy Burnette, who was the son of rock ‘n’ roll founding father Dorsey Burnette who with his brother Johnny Burnette led the 1950s The Rock and Roll Trio, and guitarist Rick Vito, a Peter Green acolyte who had played with John Mayall.

The two debut on the 1987 Shake The Cage tour that yields the Tango in the Night concert video, and the new line-up record the 1990 Behind The Mask LP. Two singles, “Save Me” and “In the Back of My Mind,” only reached the middle of the Hot 100.

During the tour for that album on this day both Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announce they would still record with Fleetwood Mac but no longer tour with the group.

Watch Buckingham’s surprise appearance at the final performance of the band’s Behind The Mask tour…

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The next year, Nicks decides to totally quit the band, but returns to play President Bill Clinton’s 1993 Inauguration. In 1995 Christine McVie leaves the band. The group briefly breaks up altogether. Then reunites the Fleetwood/McVies/Buckingham/Nicks line-up in 1997. The next year Christine McVie leaves again.

It will be 16 years until the most famed and successful version of Fleetwood Mac plays together in full again on a 2014-15 tour. The band performed twice in 2017 at the Classic West and East concerts.

Related: Christine McVie has publicly stated that Fleetwood Mac will tour once again in 2018

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Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson began writing about music in 1976. Since his first published record review in Crawdaddy he has contributed to numerous national popular music magazines such as Creem, Musician, Circus, Spin, Request, Tower Pulse!, CD Review, Acoustic Guitar, Harp and many others along with major country music, consumer audio, musical instrument and studio recording magazines plus international publications New Musical Express and Country Music People in the U.K. From 1977 to '84 he wrote a nationally syndicated music column as well as stories for Newspaper Enterprises Association/United Feature Syndicate that ran in more than 400 daily newspapers across the nation. His work has also appeared in many weekly newspapers, onlinepublications like and The Huffington Post, such books as the Rolling Stone Record Guide & Revised Record Guide, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History and The Year In Rock, 1980-81, plus liner notes for 20 album releases.
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